Julian Castro (born September 16, 1974) is an Hispanic-American politician, noted liberal and Democrat. He previously served two-year terms as Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, a nominally non-partisan position, before he was named by U.S. President Barack Obama as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. While some have speculated about Castro's chances to run for President or be selected as Vice President in 2016, his inexperience, relatively young age, and extremist liberal views represent serious obstacles to a candidacy.
Castro was born in 1974 to Maria Del Rosario "Rosie" Castro and Jessie Guzman one minute before his younger twin brother Joaquin. Despite Julian being named for his father, his parents never married and separated when the boys were eight, both robbing him of any male role model and leaving him with only an extremely socialist and racist maternal influence. Castro's mother, in addition to taking the secularized nickname "Rosie" as opposed to her Christian name Maria (Mary) and naming her second son after "a character in the 1967 Chicano ant-Gringo poem 'I am Joaqin,'" was an avid activist of Latino separatism and contributed to the movement to form an independent Latino nation in Texas named Aztlan. Castro's admiration for his mother is evident in his writings:
- "[My mother] insisted that things were changing because of political activism, participation in the system. Maria del Rosario Castro has never held a political office. Her name is seldom mentioned in a San Antonio newspaper. However, today, years later, I read the newspapers, and I see that more Valdezes are sitting on school boards, that a greater number of Garcias are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, and, of course, teachers. And I look around me and see a few other brown faces in the crowd at [Stanford]. I also see in me a product of my mother’s diligence and her friends’ hard work. Twenty years ago I would not have been here…. My opportunities are not the gift of the majority; they are the result of a lifetime of struggle and commitment by adetermined minority. My mother is one of these persons. And each year I realize more and more how much easier my life has been made by the toil of past generations. I wonder what form my service will take, since I am expected by those who know my mother to continue the family tradition. [Emphasis Castro’s]"
Castro attended Stanford University on the basis of affirmative action, and openly credited it with gaining him and his brother admission to the university. After graduating in 1996 with degrees in political science and communications, Castro attended Harvard University, likely again on the basis of affirmative action, and graduated in 2000 with a Juris Doctor alongside his brother. After college, he and his brother worked for the same law firm before starting their own in 2005.
Castro was elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2001, the youngest ever to achieve that position, from a precinct that was 70% Hispanic, making his election rather unsurprising. During his tenure, he was notable for his anti-business stance, opposing dozens of ventures that could have improved economic growth in the city. Castro likely knew that if the city grew too prosperous, many voters would move off of welfare and cease to depend on the government for handouts, and therefore begin to vote for Republicans.
In 2009, Castro ran for Mayor of San Antonio, and was elected with 56.23% of the vote. As Mayor, he continued his anti-capitalist stance, and showed unwavering support for the homosexual agenda. In 2012, he delivered the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and demonstrated his extreme liberalism and racism, both of which were glossed over amidst lavish praise from the liberal media.
Castro resigned as Mayor on July 22, 2014, failing to finish out the term he had pledged to complete, to become the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was the sixth Latino to be named to Obama's cabinet, but the previous five had all resigned at one point or another. Obama's selection of Castro was seen by many as an attempt to increase diversity in his Cabinet, marking the fourth major point in Castro's career that his race or affirmative action has been responsible for one of his accomplishments.
Discussion of Castro as a candidate to run on the Democratic ticket with Hillary Clinton increased markedly in January 2016, as the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries approached. In late January, Castro began to campaign for Clinton in Iowa, a move interpreted as a test of his appeal to the electorate. In July 2016, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel formally found that Castro had violated the Hatch Act by commenting on the 2016 campaign while giving an interview in an official capacity; Castro admitted the error and ordered his team to improve training on the Hatch Act.
Similarities to Barack Obama
Castro's similarities to President Obama are obvious: both are racial minorities born out-of-wedlock; neither had a father in the home growing up, both were indoctrinated into radical ideas as children, both attended Harvard Law School, both owe much of their success to affirmative action, and both espouse extremely liberal viewpoints. Both gained national prominence by addressing a Democratic National Convention. In fact, it would seem that the main difference is their age. Other differences between Castro and Obama are that Castro is Hispanic and Obama is black, and that Obama belongs to the United Church of Christ and Castro is a liberal Catholic (liberal Catholicism, like atheism, often denies the supernatural. See: Atheism and the supernatural). While many liberals look on these similarities as encouraging of a future Presidential bid, the majority of Americans could be unwilling to elect another inexperienced liberal merely on the basis of his race.
Early in 2018, Castro journeyed to New Hampshire to test his potential 2020 presidential aspirations. In an interview with a radio host, Castro boasted: "I did an excellent job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I did an excellent job as mayor. I've demonstrated my ability to work with both sides of the aisle ...and to get things done and to make level-headed decisions." 78o
- "Ready for Julián?", Politico, January 22, 2016. Retrieved on February 9,2017.
- "U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorses Julian Castro for vice president", Fox News Latino, January 24, 2016. Retrieved on February 9, 2017.
- "Julian Castro, campaigning for Hillary Clinton, embarks on a vice presidential test run in Iowa", Los Angeles Times, January 25, 2016. Retrieved on February 9, 2017.
- "Julián Castro broke rules on campaigning as a federal official, counsel finds", The Dallas Morning News, July 19, 2016. Retrieved on February 9, 2017.
- Bill Lambrecht, "Ex-Mayor Castro raising profile: San Antonian pays a call on first presidential primary state", San Antonio Express-News, February 18, 2018, pp. 1, A24.